A word about this blog
This is not a normal travel or expat blog. As long a I can remember, traveling, learning new languages and getting to know new cultures has intrigued me. I left my home country Germany for the first time at the age of 16 to live in Spain. Since then I find myself continuously in funny and sometimes awkward situations in which my culture clashes with the culture of my hosts.
While other bloggers tell you about these funny encounters, I want to find out more about the why: Why are Dutch people so tolerant when it comes to gay rights or drugs? Why are these Catalan people fighting for the independence? I am a super curious person and I need to understand the underlying cause for something before I can feel satisfied. I want to learn more about cultural differences, and for this I need to travel, work, live and study abroad.
If you are young, open-minded highwaymen and girls like me, I can help you to plan your next stay abroad, your study or your world trip. I’ll share my knowledge with you about the different cultures I get in contact with so that you feel a bit more prepared for your big adventure ahead. And although I just said that this is not a travel blog, I write about traveling. Whenever I travel, I try to get trips from local friends and I’ll share these insider tips with you:
“When in Rome,
do as the Romans do.”
Who is that highwaygirl?
My name is Alea Sophie. My “Abenteuerlust” (literally means “thirst for adventure” – I sometimes love my native language because it can capture a certain spirit better than any other language I know) brought me to a small village close to Barcelona at the age of 16. I stayed half a year with a Spanish family to go to school there and learn Spanish.
When choosing a Bachelor study, I knew I wanted to use my languages but not become a teacher. During my bachelor ‘International Business and Languages’ I did not only master my fourth language, but I as well learned the theory behind national cultures. By the time I finished my Master, I had lived and studied in four different countries and worked in three. My experiences and knowledge has enabled me to search for the underlying causes and mechanisms of different cultures.
Why is she writing all this?
As long as I can write, I’ve been writing stories – usually for myself and sometimes for others. When the Brexit happened, I remember that I had such a strong feeling of disbelief and almost despair, that I need to put my thoughts in words. I published my first blog posts on LinkedIn and was amazed how many readers I got within a few days. Since then the idea of starting a blog was secretly stuck in my head. I did an online blogging course a few month later and during a nice and long walk and talk with my boyfriend at the windmills in Kinderdijk, I decided to go for it. On July 18, 2016 I registered ahighwagirl.com and my blog was born.
Why is she a highwaygirl?
The name of my blog hints on the song “Highway Man” of Hoffmaestro. I got to know and love this song during my Erasmus semester in Sweden. My boyfriend (aka the highwayman on here) went on a road trip with four friends through Norway. They filmed themselves dancing to the song in different (seriously amazing) locations during the trip. The after movie is hilarious, but I don’t think the guys would appreciate it if I share it here. Instead I’ll leave you the original song:
I am a highwaygirl and after three years in the Netherlands I was ready for a new adventure. The highway man and I planned a big world trip, visiting friends and family around the world. I’ll be sharing my stories and insights from that trip soon. Now we live in Hamburg, Germany. Let’s see if this is the place we’ll settle down 😉